A room where meals are shared. The term is from the Latin, "to restore" or "refresh." This term has been applied to the room used for meals in monasteries or other religious houses. It may indicate a separate building. The term has also been used to indicate the room or building for meals on a seminary campus.
Glossary definitions provided courtesy of Church Publishing Incorporated, New York, NY,(All Rights reserved) from "An Episcopal Dictionary of the Church, A User Friendly Reference for Episcopalians," Don S. Armentrout and Robert Boak Slocum, editors.